Poker is the quintessential card game. In fact, when you think of playing cards, you probably think of poker — in all its myriad variations. You can play poker for low stakes with your friends around the kitchen table, or play for high stakes in a fancy Las Vegas casino. Now you can also play poker online at your favorite online casino.
What makes online poker fun? First, there is no intimidation factor. The online poker game is based on the luck of the cards and the skill of the player. No matter how sophisticated, the computer system cannot make a clever bluff by winking at you and tricking you into believing that its hand is better. As long as you know the rules of the game and the odds as to which combinations are most likely, you have a good chance of winning when you play poker online.
While there are many varieties, your typical online poker game has a few phases. In each, you are dealt a few cards, and you decide whether to keep the cards you have or to trade in one or more cards in the hope of getting better ones. You also must decide whether to keep your poker bet as it is, to raise it, or to fold. You can't win every hand but, with smart betting, you can try to minimize your losses and maximize your winnings. That is where poker strategy comes into play, and you'll find that the more you play poker, the better you get at it.
Every online poker game is different, and it is important to learn the rules of the particular game that you are playing. Most poker games, however, follow the same basic rules concerning the value of the different poker hands. These are some of the winning poker hands you can try to get.
What combinations are you trying to get? Well, to start off, a pair of cards of the same denomination isn't bad. The higher the value of your pair, the better off you are. A pair of 10s beats a pair of 3s. Two pairs will beat one pair, and three of a kind will beat two pairs.
A straight is five poker cards in numerical sequence, such as 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. A flush is five of the same suit, such as five clubs. Put them together — 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 of clubs — and you have a straight flush. The best poker hand of all is a royal flush, which is a 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, all of the same suit.
Remember, this is only a general outline of the poker rules. Make sure you learn the rules of your particular online poker game before you start playing.
Wild Jack Online Casino has many different online poker games. Some have hands of three cards; others have five or seven cards. In some games, you must play the cards you are dealt; in others, you can draw new cards. These are some of the poker variations we offer.
Bonus Pai Gow Poker involves a seven-card hand that you break down into two smaller poker hands, which you play against the dealer's two poker hands. The Bonus bet looks at your original undivided 7-card hand.
Caribbean Draw Poker is a 5-card poker game in which you may discard the cards you don’t like and try to draw better ones to beat the dealer. The Bonus Bet makes you eligible to win a Progressive Jackpot worth hundreds of thousands of credits.
Cyberstud Poker is a five-card poker game. You can play regular Cyberstud Poker or Progressive Cyberstud Poker, which features a side bet for an ever increasing progressive jackpot.
Hold'em High Poker involves two hole cards and five community cards. You combine your two hole cards and the three best community cards to try to make a winning poker hand.
Poker Pursuit and Poker Ride do not involve competition against a dealer. In these games, you are simply trying to get the best possible poker hand. Poker Ride has the added attraction of a progressive jackpot, which starts big and keeps getting bigger.
Texas Hold 'Em Bonus Poker is played against the dealer. You have two pocket cards, he has two pocket cards, and there are five community cards that are gradually revealed through the four betting rounds. The Bonus bet offers a chance for big bonus payouts.
Three-Card Poker is actually two poker games in one: Pair Plus is a solitary game against the pay table and Ante & Play is a competitive game against the dealer. You can play one game or the other, or play them both at once for double the fun.
Triple Action Hold’em Poker is a community card game against the dealer that provides triple online poker action: the Ante game, the Bonus side bet, and the Flop side bet, all in one online poker game.
Triple Pocket Hold’em Poker has three sets of two pocket cards per set. You get to pick which set you want, the dealer gets stuck with the other two sets, and then the five community cards are revealed and you’ll know if you made a good choice.
Video Poker combines the best of poker and online slot machines. Wild Jack offers more than 40 exciting online video poker games, including such favorites as Aces & Faces, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker, and progressive jackpot SupaJax.
Wild Jack Casino is a great place to play poker online. We have the most up-to-date Microgaming Viper Technology, courteous and helpful 24/7 customer support, safe and secure banking options, and fantastic welcome bonuses, prizes, and promotions. You can download our free poker software, or play poker online in our no-download flash casino. Either way, you can play poker for real money, or play poker for free as you try out the different games and work on your poker strategy. So make Wild Jack you online poker site and enjoy the excitement and variety that online poker has to offer.